Belief – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors

Holy Door (rear), St. Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican – © Image credit: Aliaksandr Mazurkevich / Dreamstime

when belief is key

doors don’t close forever

no matter how high


St. Peter’s Basilica’s Northern entrance door (its back shown above) designed by Vico Consorti was installed on Christmas Eve 1950 to replace previous centuries-old wooden doors (circa. 1748). The door known as The Holy Door comprises 16 rectangle bronze panels depicting Old and New Testament stories.

Trivia: St Peter’s Basilica’s Holy Door (also called “The Door of Great Pardon”) towers 3.63m (almost 12 feet) high with elaborate sculptures, and a lavish Baroque-style marbled tympanum. Among its many claims to fame, St. Peter’s Basilica is the home of the highest dome in the world in the world’s largest church interior.

Sealed by concrete bricks The Holy Door was traditionally opened once every 25 years. That tradition was broken in 2015 when Pope Francis ordered The Holy door opened fifteen years after its previous opening in 2000.

The Front side of The Holy Door opened in 2015, with a sliver of daylight streaming in below:

The Front Side – Holy Door, St. Peter’s Basilica – Image credit: © Anna Yordanova  / Dreamstime

Closeup of one of the bronze panels of The Holy Door below:

Angel At The Gates Of Paradise, Holy Door, St Peter’s Basilica – Bronze panel- Image credit: pxfuel

Written for #ThursdayDoors – Dan Antion – No facilities

Published by Suzette Benjamin

Positive thinker, inspirational, writer, faith

63 thoughts on “Belief – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors

  1. 🙏🏼Christmas Eve 1950 to replace previous centuries-old wooden doors (circa. 1748).🙏🏼

    So many occurrences and happenings in this decade of of the 1900’s. Can you believe how time marches on, won’t be long then 2050 will ring its bell, and many of us will be long gone.

    Simply a memorable occasion and divine time of the year to install a majestic memoir.

    Renewal, comes through in your wonderful Thursday Belief Haiku.
    Fascinating how the doors spoke to you.

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    1. Well spotted that the door was a Christmas present to the basilica. There were many bits of information I could have shared on the door’s origin but that point of Christmas Eve struct me as well.😊

      I can believe it, time marches on. Each day makes its purchase from the great time clock. How precious each moment one has to spend it. Amen!

      Renewal indeed is a gift to treasure when it comes calling…often in a nice new frock.

      Well you know how ideas “speak” to me…in eclectic ways…hehehe😊

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      1. Yes, I think the date it was hinged, came with full intention. Indeed a glorious time of the year.

        The older one grows, the more one is acutely aware of these moments, so true, precious indeed.

        Wishing you many more new frocks Poet.

        You were saying recently about your eclectic ways. 😂, too lovely.

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  2. This post brought back lovely memories of our trip to the Vatican- we went around touching all 4 of the Holy doors hoping our sins would be forgiven. Thanks Suzette for sharing this.

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